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Michelle Kraus | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

President Barack Obama is a deliberate man, and he will act decisively when the time is right. His words were steel from Europe on the execution of Steven Sotloff: "We will not forget. Our reach is long. Justice will be served." So buckle in for the long ride folks.

Iran May Have Had a Nuclear Weapons Program. That Doesn't Mean We Can't Make a Deal.

John Allen Gay | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
John Allen Gay

We must resist the temptation to conflate technical and legalistic questions with the political and strategic questions that are the true stakes in this decade-long crisis. Succumbing to a very similar temptation about Iraq's WMD programs helped draw us into war there.

Congress Can Avoid Iran War By Supporting Negotiations

Jon Soltz | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Jon Soltz

As an Iraq war veteran who served two tours, at the beginning and end, I can tell you that I understand the alternatives. They scare the living hell out of me.

Israel and Saudi Arabia: Forging Ties on Quicksand

James Dorsey | Posted 09.11.2014 | World
James Dorsey

As states, Saudi Arabia and Israel share few, if any common values, despite some cultural values that are common to Wahhabism, the austere form of Islam adopted by the kingdom, and ultra-orthodox Jews. But they increasingly have common interests.

Middle East Fights Propaganda Wars on World Cup Sidelines

James Dorsey | Posted 08.25.2014 | World
James Dorsey

This year's World Cup is not just about soccer -- at least not as far as the Middle East and North Africa is concerned.

The Islamic Republic of Iran's Flavored Condoms, Free Vasectomies, and Gender Reassignment Surgery

Shermin Kruse | Posted 08.18.2014 | World
Shermin Kruse

When the Islamic Republic first took control of Iran from the Shah, the new regime decided population growth would be greatly in its advantage. After all, it was faced with a bloody war with neighboring Iraq.

Iranian Glass "Sheesheh" - How Iran's Youth Got Hooked on Crystal Meth

Shermin Kruse | Posted 08.10.2014 | World
Shermin Kruse

Despite the minimal protections for victims of drug use and the Islamic Republic's typical manner of glossing over their domestic problems, Iran spends approximately one billion dollars per year on anti-drug operations.

A Different Look at Iran

Ron Kronish | Posted 06.24.2014 | World
Ron Kronish

We Jewish Israelis--and people from the West in general--tend to forget that there are actually human beings living in Iran, with normal desires to lead healthy family lives, not to mention "reformers" who would like to change Iranian policy and society for the better.

A Retrospective on US Diplomacy Toward Iran

Joseph Braude | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics
Joseph Braude

Last year I had the opportunity to speak with former Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama White House officials about the history of efforts at diplomacy with the Iranian regime.

Israeli-Iranian Axis? Highly Illusionary

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.05.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Iran must now cope with the new reality, which may well explain why Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons and why its efforts in this regard will set Israel further apart from Tehran, rather than bring them together to form an unholy axis.

A Big Day for Diplomacy With Iran

Matt Lockshin | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Matt Lockshin

Monday could go down in history as the day we took our first step toward a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran that prevents the country from ever acquiring a nuclear weapon. But the peaceful resolution of international concerns about Iran's nuclear program is hardly assured.

The Middle East and North Africa: Cauldron of Conflict

James Dorsey | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
James Dorsey

It is becoming increasingly clear that the hopes in 2011 of a new dawn sparked by the toppling of autocratic leaders in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen were little more than pie in the sky. Nevertheless, the genie of inevitable change has been let out of the bottle.

Iran: Nuclear Energy for War or Peace? A Renewable Suggestion

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Mitchell J. Rabin

One of the many serious issues the planet faces is whether or not Iran's nuclear program is to develop weapons or to be able to turn on a switch for l...

Iran Marks a Watershed in the Middle East

Graham E. Fuller | Posted 02.11.2014 | World
Graham E. Fuller

The new ideological polarity in the Middle East may no longer be between Iran and everybody else. It is now more about looking backward or forward in shaping future governance. In fact, the major new polarity may now be between two erstwhile US allies -- Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Iran Will Become a Nuclear Power, Unless...

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.09.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

If the Obama administration feels that there is even a faint chance to reach a lasting agreement with Iran, President Obama can improve the odds by insisting on a few conditions and satisfy itself and its allies that it has done all it could to prevent the military option.

The Iran Nuclear Deal: Rewriting the Middle East Map

James Dorsey | Posted 01.27.2014 | World
James Dorsey

If all goes well, the preliminary agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council would ensure the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program and ultimately reintegrate it into the international community.

What Really Matters to the Iranians?

Melody Moezzi | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
Melody Moezzi

Ultimately, the greatest hope for a meaningful, long-term deal on the Iranian side has nothing to do with uranium or isotopes or centrifuges. Rather, it's about something much bigger: respect.

'Unclean' -- Iran's Outcast Baha'i Minority

Anthony Vance | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
Anthony Vance

The concept of ritual uncleanliness is an old one embedded in several major religious traditions, including Islam and Judaism. It is still accepted by many religious Iranian Muslims today.

Nuclear Deal With Iran: Netanyahu Is Paying a Steep Price for Fanning Fear

Carlo Strenger | Posted 01.24.2014 | World
Carlo Strenger

Netanyahu has always liked to think of himself as a daring leader a la Churchill. He is about to find out that it takes more than cigars and grand rhetoric to actually become a great leader.

The Iranian Agreement: A Possible Realignment of Middle East Politics

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 01.24.2014 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

A realignment of Middle East politics? That remains to be seen, but it is more likely than before with the signing of the agreement, and one with potential effects that could go beyond the immediate Iranian connection.

Historic U.S.-Iran Deal Halts the Slide to War

Jamal Abdi | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Jamal Abdi

With the deal that was signed in the early morning hours in Geneva on Sunday, the two sides managed to change course from the path to a disastrous war and put us on a road that ends with concrete assurance that Iran will never obtain nuclear weapons. Though it is just an interim agreement, after thirty years of non-relations, the deal is historic.

Netanyahu Rejects Iran Deal, Israel-Palestine Too

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
MJ Rosenberg

How long can Israel survive like this? How long can it continue to count on U.S. aid while it thwarts U.S. diplomatic efforts designed not only to help secure Israel but to preserve and protect U.S. interests in the Middle East?

A Prayer for Pastor Saeed Abedini From Everyone

Angela Jamene | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Angela Jamene

There is nothing easy about reading the story of Pastor Saeed Abedini, and it's been getting worse.

Does Iran Have the Right to Enrich Uranium? The Answer Is Yes

William O. Beeman | Posted 12.31.2013 | World
William O. Beeman

If the United States is viewing uranium enrichment on a case by case basis, then Iran is the only nation that is being treated in this manner.

The EU Parliament Visits Iran -- An Important Step for Diplomacy

Trita Parsi | Posted 12.30.2013 | World
Trita Parsi

The range of problem areas between the West and Iran are extensive -- the nuclear issue, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and human rights in Iran just to name a few. And none of them can be resolved or effectively addressed unless the two sides talk to each other.